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Bone marrow donors needed

Advocate staff photo by KYLE PEVETO -- Sally-Ann Roberts, an anchor at WWL-TV in New Orleans, says more bone marrow donors are needed nationwide. Roberts gave life-saving bone marrow to her sister, Good Morning America's Robin Roberts.

Learning that she could help save the life of her sister was one of Sally-Ann Roberts’ proudest moments. Her sister, Good Morning America co-host and television personality Robin Roberts, needed a bone marrow transplant in 2012. Luckily, Sally-Ann Roberts was a match. “It was the most exhilarating, rewarding experience of my life,” said Sally-Ann Roberts,… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, Aug. 18, 2014

WHAT: Group meeting of the Sarcoidosis Awareness Support Group of Greater Baton Rouge WHEN: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20. Deadline to register is Monday, Aug. 18. WHERE: Ochsner Health Center, 9001 Summa Ave., Baton Rouge, fourth-floor conference room. REGISTRATION/INFO: (225) 773-0985 WHAT: High blood pressure lecture WHEN: Noon… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A, Aug. 18, 2014

Does a urinary tract infection (UTI) cause changes in behavior or personality in someone with Alzheimer’s? Yes, if an individual with Alzheimer’s or dementia suddenly and without reason exhibits sudden changes in his/her behavior such as agitation, confusion, hallucinations or withdrawal, it might be caused by a UTI. The individual might not have the ability to… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, Aug. 18, 2014

What are some tips for improving my memory now that I’m finished with my chemotherapy? Memory and concentration problems can begin soon after treatment ends, or they may not appear until much later. If a person is older, it can be hard to tell whether these changes in memory and concentration are a result of treatment… Continue reading →

Start your day with a workout and burn up more calories

They are shadowy figures moving in the dark while other people are sleeping. And they are everywhere — in parks, on the streets, even in stairwells. If you are one of those who rises before dawn to burn calories, these are your people.
Dorothy Mann is a full-time mother of three small children, ages 2, 3 and 5. She… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, Aug. 11, 2014

WHAT: Alzheimer’s Services’ Lunch-N-Learn program on “Complicated Grief,” presented by social worker Karen Girardot WHEN: Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13 WHERE: Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, 3772 North Blvd., Baton Rouge REGISTER: Free, but registration required online at DETAILS: Lunch-N-Learn is an opportunity for caregivers and healthcare professionals to be… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, Aug. 11, 2014

I’m worried about coping with pain during my cancer treatment. What should I know? While cancer patients can experience many different types of pain related to both their disease and the treatment, the important thing to remember is that the pain can be managed. Pain can be caused from a tumor that is pressing on bones,… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A, Aug. 11, 2014

Is there a link between Alzheimer’s disease and oral hygiene? A study by the University of Central Lancashire School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2013 revealed that people with poor oral hygiene or gum disease may be at a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. It validates a previous U.S. study in which researchers reported that… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, Aug. 4, 2014

WHAT: SPOKES (Support for Parents Of Kids with Epilepsy and Seizures) support group meeting WHEN: 6-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11 WHERE: Baton Rouge Rehab Hospital, 8595 United Plaza Blvd., conference room 2 DETAILS: Kelli Whitaker, physician’s assistant, will speak about effective ways to track seizures in order to better communicate with physicians. The group… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, Aug. 4, 2014

Why does food taste differently now that I’m getting treated for cancer? Changes in the way food tastes is a common side effect of many cancer treatments, including chemotherapy and radiation. There are several things that might help with this. You can rinse your mouth with baking soda and water, or lemon juice and… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A, Aug. 4, 2014

My mom passed away six months ago from Huntington’s disease. What information can you provide about this disease and should I get tested? Huntington’s disease, a cause of dementia like Alzheimer’s, is a neurodegenerative genetic disorder that leads to cognitive decline, psychiatric problems and affects muscle coordination. The disease was formerly named Huntington’s chorea because it… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, July 28, 2014

WHAT: Diabetes and Foot Care with Dr. Alex J. Davis, a podiatrists WHEN: Noon Wednesday, July 30. Registration starts at 11 a.m. LOCATION: Lake House Reception Center, 12323 Old Hammond Highway, Baton Rouge RESERVATIONS: Call (866) 220-0418 or by visit… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A, July 28, 2014

My father has had Alzheimer’s disease for about six years and lately I have noticed he is experiencing more falls and loss of balance. Is this a part of the disease process? According to the National Institute of Health, one out of three adults aged 65 and older falls each year. And, more… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, July 28 2014

How can you tell if a cancer cure that is advertised is real or not? A cancer diagnosis can be a frightening thing, and it is true that many of the treatments can also inspire fear. In many cases, patients and their families might look for alternative treatments. However, it is unfortunate that there… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, July 21, 2014

Alzheimer’s session WHAT: Lunch-N-Learn Session on “Medication and Alzheimer’s,” presented by Dr. William Day WHEN: Noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 23 WHERE: Alzheimer’s Services, 3772 North Blvd., Baton Rouge REGISTRATION: Visit DETAILS: The program and lunch are free, but registration is required and seating is limited. Medicare session WHAT: ABCs of Medicare WHEN: 1… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A, July 21, 2014

My niece is getting married in another state and I would like to take my mother, her grandmother, to the ceremony. What are some tips and strategies in traveling with someone who has Alzheimer’s? Though we all enjoy a change of scenery and a break from our schedules, it is often not the case for individuals… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, July 21, 2014

Is there any link between obesity and cancer? Research suggests that certain lifestyle behaviors and being overweight or obese may contribute to around 20 or 30 percent of cancers in America today. It is also estimated that 14 percent of cancer deaths in men and 20 percent of cancer deaths in… Continue reading →

High diagnosis rates on par with obesity in U.S.

FOX photo by MICHAEL BECKER -- Veteran 'American Idol' judge Randy Jackson, a Baton Rouge native, suffers from Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes is one of America’s greatest public health battles. And Louisiana is on the front lines, with 49 of 64 parishes included in the “diabetes belt,” a string of counties and parishes in the Southeast with high occurrences of the disease. The state ranks fourth in the nation in the rate of diabetes diagnoses, according… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, July 14, 2014

WHAT: Lunch-N-Learn Session: “Medication and Alzheimer’s,” presented by Dr. William Day WHEN: Noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 16 WHERE: Alzheimer’s Services, 3772 North Blvd., Baton Rouge REGISTRATION: Visit DETAILS: The program and lunch are free, but registration is required and seating is limited.… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A, July 14, 2014

My young children do not understand why their grandmother no longer recognizes them or knows their name. How can I explain to them about Alzheimer’s disease and how to relate to their grandmother? Just as Alzheimer’s disease is unique in each affected individual, so are your children when it comes to discussions about the illness. What… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, July 14, 2014

What is brachytherapy? Brachytherapy is a form of radiation therapy where energy waves or particles can be used to fight cancer. Radiation can damage and kill the cancer cells in the body, but it can also damage healthy cells. Though healthy cells can usually recover from the treatment, unlike the cancer cells, doctors will often… Continue reading →

Activity gets a new queen: Miss Louisiana

Advocate staff photo by John Ballance  Lacey Sanchez, of Baton Rouge, crowned Miss Louisiana 2014

Newly crowned Miss Louisiana Lacey Sanchez wants kids to become physically active. It’s a platform she is uniquely qualified to push. When Sanchez, a Baton Rouge resident, was crowned on June 28 in Monroe, she became the first collegiate varsity athlete to become Miss Louisiana, according to the pageant’s executive director, Dewana Little. Sanchez was a… Continue reading →

Ideal Protein plan is called 'nutrition on autopilot'

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON -- In the initial phases, followers of the Ideal Protein program eat the company's foods, which can cost $80 to $90 per week.

Lately, it seems everyone is talking about Ideal Protein, the weight-loss plan du jour. It’s so popular you can even find Ideal Protein items on the menus of several area restaurants. So, exactly what is this diet protocol and what makes it so popular? “Ideal Protein is a weight-loss program that’s about losing… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, July 7, 2014

WHAT: Baton Rouge Chapter Scleroderma Support Group meeting WHEN: 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 8 WHERE: Latte E Miele Gelateria and Coffeehouse, 7809 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge INFORMATION: Del Anselmo at (225) 756-2452 or (225) 324-3666. WHAT: Diabetes Education & Awareness group meeting WHEN: 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 8… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A, July 7, 2014

How do I keep my father from driving? This is a common dilemma with someone caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia. You certainly want to keep your dad’s pride in tact and let him have control as long as possible; however, eventually anyone with this brain disorder will become unsafe to drive because… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, July 7, 2014

What types of treatments are considered adjuvant therapies? According to the National Cancer Institute, adjuvant therapy is additional treatment given after the primary cancer treatment concludes. Adjuvant therapy is used to improve the chances of a cure or decrease the chances of a recurrence. Different types of adjuvant therapy include… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, June 30, 2014

What is a cancer genome? According to the National Cancer Institute, a genome is the complete genetic material of a living organism. Packaged sets of chromosomes that make up the genes of a cell make up a genome. A cancer genome is the DNA from a cancer cell. Small changes or mutations in… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A, June 30, 2014

My father has had Alzheimer’s disease for over 10 years. When is it time to consider hospice care? Hospice care is a type and philosophy of care that centers on the palliation of a terminally or seriously ill patient’s pain and symptoms and also attending to that patient’s emotional and spiritual needs. At end-stage Alzheimer’s disease,… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, June 30, 2014

WHAT: HIV and syphilis testing. WHEN & WHERE: Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center, 950 E. Washington St., offers HIV testing from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and syphilis testing from 2-4 p.m. on Wednesdays; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 4000 Gus Young Ave., offers testing from 9 a.m. to noon… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, June 23, 2014

WHAT: Deafblind Awareness Symposium, hosted by the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans Human Development Center’s Louisiana Deafblind Project. WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 25 WHERE: Louisiana Department of Education Claiborne Building, 1201 North Third St., Baton Rouge REGISTRATION/INFO: Free and open to the public with registration. Register by emailing… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, June 23, 2014

What are the parts of a clinical trial? According to the National Cancer Institute, clinical trials are research studies that test new ways to prevent, detect, diagnose or treat cancer and other diseases. While there are several different types of research involved in clinical trials, such as prevention research, screening research and survivorship research, most… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A, June 23, 2014

As a health care professional caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s on a daily basis, I have been experiencing some sleep difficulties and changes in my mood and appetite. It seems I just don’t have the energy to care for these individuals and my patience is wearing very thin. Is this depression? Caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s… Continue reading →

How to make healthier groceries

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Registered dietition Kristen Gradney advises those looking for healthier foods to shop around the perimeter of grocery stores and to read nutrition labels carefully when buying from the aisles. She is shown at Calandro's Supermarket on Perkins Road.

You want to eat better. You really do. But you show up at the grocery store, and none of the aisle signs say “Healthy Food.” Kristen Gradney has a strategy for you. A registered dietitian with Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Gradney says you just have to know where to look. Here’s… Continue reading →

Pennington center comfy with website’s healthy satire

Pennington Biomedical Research Center made headlines a few days ago for a study that finds “People Who Sit For At Least 5 Hours Each Day Are Comfier.” And, while those of us kicked back in our La-Z-Boys know it’s true, the story, alas, was not. The headline came from the satirical news website The Onion.… Continue reading →

Pennington plans Parkinson’s Conference

As many as 1 million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease and about 60,000 more are diagnosed each year. In Louisiana, Parkinson’s affects more than 65,000 individuals — one of the higher incidence rates in the nation. According to the American Journal of Managed Care, the annual economic impact of Parkinson’s disease in the U.S. is roughly $10.8… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, June 16, 2014

WHAT: Fitness 101 WHEN: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 17 WHERE: Baton Rouge General Mid City, Wellness Center (entrance 4, fourth floor of the Medical Office Building) COST: Free DETAILS: Learn about the basic components and benefits of physical fitness, tips on how to get started and move forward with a fitness plan and how… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, June 16, 2014

What processes make up cancer research? Cancer research includes many different areas of interest. Most discoveries start in labs where scientists do basic or fundamental research into the human body. These scientists might or might not be testing for a specific hypothesis as they try to understand how the body works, including on a cellular level.… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A, June 16, 2014

My wife is so resistant to taking a bath or shower. What are some strategies I can use to make the experience more comfortable and nonthreatening for her? Personal hygiene and bath times are particularly taxing on caregivers who are trying to care for their loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease. Keep in mind that… Continue reading →